Nature’s first milk. Golden, life-sustaining. Gut healing. Immune boosting. Colostrum is not just for babies, anymore. It is for any child or adult that may benefit from its wonderful healing properties.
What is Colostrum?
It is the first milk from humans and animals, produced by the mammary glands in late pregnancy and in the days after giving birth. During the first few days after birth, colostrum provides the necessary immune and growth factors (IgG and IgF), to stimulate growth of muscle, skin, cartilage, nerve and bone tissue.
What are the benefits?
Colostrum has been shown to aid in a variety of disorders such as:
- allergies and asthma
- sinus problems, colds & flu
- irritable bowel syndrome/leaky gut syndrome/ulcers
- auto-immune disorders
- chronic fatigue
- arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis
The health benefits of colostrum can be attributed to the fact that it contains 97 immune factors, 87 growth factors and a variety of different probiotics along with prebiotics that help grow and feed the beneficial flora in the colostrum and in your gut. The prebiotics in colostrum act as a food source for the ‘good bacteria’, enhancing the health of the gut and therefore immune system. Prebiotics can also improve bowel function as healthy levels of good bacteria can assist with constipation.
The high levels of IgG (immunoglobulin) provide exceptional immune boosting properties to prevent disease. Immunoglobulins (IgG) are protein molecules that function as antibodies and play a major role in intestinal immune defense.
In 1980, a British researcher showed that a large proportion of the antibodies and immunoglobulins in colostrum are not absorbed by the body but remain in the digestive tract. Clinical studies have demonstrated that colostrum is effective in preventing intestinal infections by first keeping the bacteria from attaching themselves to the intestinal wall, and secondly by killing the bacteria themselves. Colostrum has proven capable of killing Campylobacter, Helicobacter pylori, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigellosis, and five types of streptococci.
A high level of IGF (insulin-like growth hormone) in colostrum stimulates tissue building and repair in adults. It is highly beneficial in combating the effects of aging joints, leaky digestive systems and assisting athletes build lean muscle.
The antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties of colostrum enable it to kill such pathogens as E. coli, Candida albicans, rotaviruses, and Cryptosporidium.
The proline-rich polypeptides (PRP) in colostrum has been demonstrated to reduce or eliminate the pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with allergies and autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus). Many children with autism test positive for autoimmune disorders, and colostrum can help to regulate this dysfunction. These effects are related to PRP’s ability to inhibit the overproduction of lymphocytes (white blood cells) and T-cells.
What we experienced with Colostrum:
When you begin taking colostrum, you’ll need to start with a low dose for a week or two and then increase it. Our sons took 1/4 tsp. in the morning and night before increasing the dose to 1/2 tsp. in the AM/PM. The first thing I noticed was emotion regulation was affected. Increased tears, anger and easy frustration levels may have been a result from the initial die-off reaction of bacteria in the gut. Once the body adjusted, these behaviors disappeared. Then we saw allergy symptoms lessen, improved bowel function and overall health in skin tone and hair.
For families on the GF/CF diet, Kirkman Labs sells Colostrum Gold that is a liquid (flavored or unflavored). They claim that it is casein free and does not contain any synthetic hormones, pesticides or antibiotics. It does not contain sugar, soy, wheat, casein, gluten, preservatives, yeast, gelatin, artificial flavorings or colorings. But it does contain milk. We use Kirkman’s Colostrum Gold flavored version mixed in a little bit of juice. The unflavored has a pretty foul taste, so make your choice wisely based on your child’s tolerance of nasty tasting things.
For the science geek in you, read further to discover the properties of colostrum:
Growth hormones – TGF, IGF-I, IGF-II
Immunoglobulins – IgG, IgA, IgM, IgD, IgE
Lactoferrin iron binding protein – for resisting intestinal bacteria and free radical damage
Retinoic Acid – destroys viruses, stimulates healing
Proline-rich Polypeptides (PRP) – for calming overactive immune system; stimulating under-active immune system
Glycoproteins – help immune and growth factors survive the highly acidic digestive system
Lactobacillus Bifidus Acidophilus – helps promote healthy bacteria to combat Candida albicans and irritable bowel syndrome
Interferon – inhibits viral activity
Interleukin-2 – a cytokine that stimulates cell growth in the immune system
Lysoenzyme protein – attacks bacteria
Oligosaccharides – block attachment of bacteria especially S.pheumponococci to mucous membranes, thereby aiding in the prevention of respiratory inflammation
Cartilage Inducing Factor A, as well as vitamins and minerals
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